It’s Halloween and to celebrate I wanted to list my 10 favorite horror movies. It’s a genre that I have loved for many years and if anything Dead Pixels re kindled my love of horror.
These films are my favorites in nor order. I dont consider them the best but they are the films I love to watch.
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
A little controversial but I love the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead. It was Directed by special master, Tom Savini and it’s differences make it a really treat to those that are fans of the original. I feel like it is in the sweet spot of having great zombie effects but being before cgi started to dominate.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Yet more controversy picking a sequel over the original. Hellraiser II takes advantage of it’s higher budget and expands upon the world of the first Hellraiser. I specially love the stop motion effects as well as the set and character designs.
28 Days later (2002)
I remember the first time I saw 28 Days later instantly feeling like it was something very different. It was one of the first films to be shot digitally and seeing it in 2002 was something that cant be recreated. Sadly now it looks like a TV show as the digital has improved and is quite common now.
The building sound track is great and I love that midway point where everything is going great and you know it cant last.
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
I saw this for the first time earlier this year and loved every second of it. I’ve even re-bought it on blu-ray.
I love how the film gets darker as time goes on but still have little moments of comedy dotted around. It was loosely based on a true story and makes you realise how never really know whats going on in other peoples houses. The cast is great and includes 2 former Twin Peaks stars. It also has a child protagonist who can handle themselves which is something you rarely see in horror today.
Planet Terror (2007)
To put it simply, without Planet Terror Dead Pixels would be a very different game.
This isn’t just one of my favorite Horror movies, it’s one of my favorite movies full stop. I love everything from it’s dialog and it’s gore to it’s sense of humor. Quite a few movies try the purposely bad/over the top movie and few succeed, Planet Terror is one of them. It is over the top and silly but takes it’s self serous enough that it works.
It is clearly made by someone that loves movies for people that love movies.
There has been a lot of debate over who actually directed it. I’m on the side that Spielberg probably was the one doing most of the work. The whole movie feels like a quality production and has great special effects. It really does not feel like a 32 year old movie.
I really like ghost movies. They always have the mystery aspect of who is dead and why are they haunting people. Poltergeist possibly has one of my favorite explanations for the haunting. It also has a lot of great dialog to quote.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
I’ve always been a Freddy fan over a Jason fan. He’s just so much more creative with his kills.
Maybe it’s nostalgia but Dream Warriors is easily my favorite of the series. For me it’s that sweet spot between serious and goofy.
Cabin in the Woods (2012)
As a big fan of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon I had to checkout Cabin in the Woods when it came out. The whole thing is a love song to horror movies and if you can go in without knowing anything you should. It mixes Joss Whedon’s style of writing and humor with a lot of nods to horror movies. Fans of horror should watch this!
The Fly (1986)
Arguably one of the best remakes to every be made it took a simple 50s movies and made it darker than most people could imagine.
The first time to see it not knowing how far it’s going to go, or what body part if going to fall off next is an experience. It also has a lot of fairly gross moments to make you feel uncomfortable.
Big Trouble In little China (1986)
Not sure if this counts as horror or not but I dont care. I have watched it 4 times this year and may watch it again before the end of the year. There is so much I love about the special effects and over the topness of it all. It’s such a shame it didn’t do well at the box office.
Also if you dint realise it Kurt Russel may be the main character but he is really the idiot sidekick of the movie.
Think I’m wrong? Well I’m not because I know what my favorite movies are.
But if you want to suggest some films yourself, leave a comment.